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From The CriticsReviewer: William Miles, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a companion guide to the ninth edition of Kaplan & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry, 9th Edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003). The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The purpose, besides simply serving as a companion guide, is to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in all fields who require a review of the behavioral sciences and psychiatry.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for medical students, residents, psychiatrists, and all other healthcare professionals. However, it is probably too detailed for medical students, but senior students preparing for a residency in psychiatry may find it useful.
Features: "The contents parallel those of the Synopsis. Most every topic in psychiatry is touched upon and each chapter essentially summarizes the parallel chapter in the companion text. Each chapter has a black box of Helpful Hints that are key terms that readers should understand and self-assessment questions with answers and explanations. There are numerous illustrations and tables. There are no references, but none are needed, as this book is simply a companion guide. A thorough index is provided. "
Assessment: This book should certainly be beneficial to anyone who is reading the Synopsis of Psychiatry. However, the book stands on its own as a way to review psychiatric medicine. The self-test questions could be used to gauge one's knowledge base and identify areas that need more thorough reviewing. Clinicians studying for psychiatry or neurology boards might consider using this book as a review source.